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Providing food for your family is necessary and the costs of doing so can vary widely depending on your mood, financial situation, and whether you’re hungry when you go to the supermarket! But the fact is that food is a big expense for the majority of families, and seeking out ways to save at the supermarket can amount to a great deal of money with time. You might even be able to take the family on a getaway with all the cash you can save on groceries throughout the year if you spend your money intelligently. We all wish we could save more money on groceries, so here’s a simple guide on some practical tips on how to do exactly that.
Plan Your Meals
It’s customary for individuals to go to the grocery store with a list of items they need, but seldom do they plan every meal of the week and all the ingredients that are required. Planning your meals and ingredients beforehand will make it easy for you to spend your money only on what is needed. In doing this, you’ll also need to know what you already have at home, so it’s a bright idea to use up the items you currently have in organising your meals for the week. There are also some meals that are particularly less costly than others, so if you really want to save money, go with meals that are inexpensive but fulfilling. You can find lots of cheap meal menus on the internet. It’s also a smart idea to have a pen and paper in the kitchen so as soon as you run out of a specific ingredient, write it down immediately so you don’t forget the next time you’re at the grocery store.
Don’t Visit The Grocery store When You’re Hungry!
It’s important that you always eat something before going to the grocery store for your weekly shopping. If you’ve ever been to the grocery store when you’re famished, you’ll know what I mean! In my experience, I start drooling when I find foods that I like but don’t really need and naturally, they wind up in my shopping basket. Even if you’ve planned your meals for the week and have a list of items with you, more often than not the temptations are overwhelming and can cause you to spend extra money on unneeded items.
Use Loyalty Cards
An excellent way to save money on groceries is to use loyalty cards at the checkout. Typically, you’ll get a discount on some items that aren’t displayed and you’ll also get points which can be used either by buying a gift card or various other featured items. Either way, you’ll be saving money that would otherwise be going down the drain!
There are many substitutes for the same type of food so it’s necessary that you devote some time comparing the prices to ensure you get the best value for money. You don’t always have to buy the ‘no frills’ brands, but supermarkets will typically have sales on various items so it’s important to do your homework. In addition to this, when there’s a sale on a particular item, it’s always a good idea to stock up when the prices are at their lowest. You’ll additionally want to review the prices of your most often used foods at various supermarkets to find out which items are more affordable. It may be the case where you travel to two grocery stores when embarking on your weekly shopping expedition, but the price savings are well worth it.
Shop In The Evening
I know it sounds tough especially after a long day at work, but shopping in the evening is the best time to find discounts. Perishable goods namely fruit and vegetables and bakery items are regularly discounted if there is too much inventory for the next day. The best part is that these items are almost as good as new except cheaper! You’ll be surprised with the amount of discounts you’ll discover at the supermarket if you go shopping in the evening.
So there you have it folks! There’s loads of ways to save money on groceries and the above tips are really just scratching the surface. If you manage to save $20 a week on groceries, which is very possible, you’ll be saving over $1,000 in the year! On the other hand, if you’ve tried all of the above recommendations and are still struggling to find enough money, it might be best to seek professional advice regarding your financial position. If this is the case, speak to Fresh Start Solutions Hobart on 1300 818 575 or visit their website for more details: http://freshstartsolutions.com.au/bankruptcy-hobart